As defined by the Bureau of the Census, an area of high land valuation characterized by a high concentration of retail businesses, service businesses, offices, hotels, and theaters, as well as by a high traffic flow. A CBD follows census tract boundaries; that is, it consists of one or more whole census tracts. CBDs are identified only in central cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and other cities with populations of 50,000 or more. See also Outlying Business District. (TRB)

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